China to have 58 Million Kilowatts Nuclear Power by 2020

China is promoting small grid development and improving the power market rules of the country

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November 8, 2016: China will have 58 million kilowatts (kw) of installed nuclear power by 2020 as it expands its clean energy network and pursues green growth, the country’s energy regulator announced on Monday.

The government will have around 30 million kw of nuclear energy facility going into operation and over 30 million kw of such facility under construction in the next five years, according to the 13th Five-Year Plan for power development released by the National Energy Administration and the National Development and Reform Commission.

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China is expected to require about 6.8 trillion to 7.2 trillion kw of power by 2020, with per capital power consumption of about 5,000 kw, close to the level of medium-developed countries, Xinhua news agency reported.

Non-fossil fuel will play a bigger role as the government aims to lift its share in total energy consumption to about 15 per cent by the end of 2020.

Installed capacity of hydro power, wind power and solar power will be respectively about 340 million, 210 million and 110 million kw.

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Meanwhile, the installed capacity of coal-fired power will be restricted within 1.1 billion kw while natural-gas-fired power will reach over 110 million kw by 2020.

China will also promote smart grid development, address regional power supply imbalances and improve the power market rules, according to the development plan. (IANS)

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